Cornwall Council has paid out nearly £10 million in voluntary redundancy payments over the last five years.
The council released the figures in response to a Freedom of Information request asking for the total payments since the authority was created in April 2009.
Cornwall Council refused to disclose which services had made the redundancy payments arguing it “could potentially identify payments to individual members of staff".
The council conceded some members of staff could have returned to work at the authority after being made redundant.
The council paid out £4,265,415.71 from April 2009 to March 2010, £1,366,033.43 from April 2010 to March 2011, £3,897,816.68 from April 2011 to March 2012, £138,463.78 from April 2012 to March 2013 and £158,721 from April 2013 to January 2014.
The payments add up to £9,826,450.60 - just shy of £10 million.
The largest figure in the first year of Cornwall Council’s existence is understood to have been caused by the abolition of the former six district councils and the county council into one local authority.
When asked how much money had been saved the council said it was not possible to directly link the savings made on the salary bill to the redundancies.
Cornwall Council said staff could have come back to work for the authority after being made redundant.
It said: “From time to time there may be cases where former employees apply and are successful in obtaining employment with the council following termination of their employment on grounds of redundancy.”
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said there were a number of reasons why the number of employees had been reduced including the amalgamation of seven councils into one.
The spokesman said: “The council worked hard to limit the number of redundancies through not replacing non-essential employees when they leave, filling essential posts through the use of agency workers to ensure that vacancies are available for the redeployment of employees at risk of redundancy and by the successful redeployment of a significant number of ‘at risk’ employees.
“As a result the majority of people leaving the authority on the grounds of redundancy have been voluntary leavers. All payments made to staff are in accordance with the Council’s severance policy which is at the lower end of schemes applied by local councils in England.”